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Tempest

4.6
4.6
1714 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
USA Today 10Best, #1 Best New Restaurant in the Country. Upscale seafood restaurant, located on historic Market Street next to sister location, Church and Union Charleston. Tempest features hyper-local, sustainable South Atlantic seafood, with a seasonal menu curated by Chef Adam Hodgson and Bravo Top Chef Alum Chef Jamie Lynch Tempest's noteworthy raw and roast menu features both chilled and charcoal roasted options that will be prepared on a Mibrasa charcoal oven. The Mibrasa cultivates a subtle smoke flavor without compromising the integrity of the seafood and roasted selections. Impressive single, double and three tier Seafood Towers are also featured. Boasting a selection of seafood-friendly Old-World wines, along with hand-picked gins, rums and bourbons.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 35 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (843) 996-4966

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tyler Cook

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Sales Manager: (833) 605-1749

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Cross street

    East Bay Street

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Valentine's Day 3-Course Prix-fixe Menu | $90-$110

    $90.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Please join us for Valentine's Day for our special 3-course prix-fixe menu! Our regular menu will NOT be offered on Tuesday, February 14th. The price is based off of the entrée that you order ranging from $90 - $110 per person + tax and gratuity. We do have a 48 hour $25 cancellation policy for the holiday. We look forward to celebrating with you and your loved ones. ***PLEASE NOTE: We require a credit card to hold your reservation for Valentine's Day. Your card is not being charged and will only be charged a $25 per person cancellation fee if you cancel within 48 hours or do not show up for your reservation. You will pay for your meal when you come in to dine with us.****
  • Tasting on the Quarter Deck with Chef Jamie Lynch

    $125.00 per person

    Feb 7, 2023 only
    Join us for an immersive culinary experience, Tasting on the Quarter Deck, with Bravo Top Chef Alum & Chef Partner Jamie Lynch! Tasting on the Quarter Deck will consist of 7-10 dishes over 5-courses that will be heavily seafood influenced- the full menu will be revealed the night of the event, adding an element of excitement & surprise to your culinary journey. Chef Jamie has carefully crafted each course to showcase a range of flavors & techniques using local ingredients. Beverage pairing by our in-house Sommelier is also included. There will be 2 limited seating times available. Make your reservation & indulge in this exclusive evening with Chef Jamie! *$125 menu price includes the tasting menu + beverage pairing (tax & grat not included)

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Charleston

    Seafood

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  1. DP

    DavidP

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every Detail was thoughtful, the service was wonderful and the food was excellent. Would recommend to anyone.
  2. PM

    PatrickM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really good food and the price reflected that. We had great service and everyone who worked there said goodbye on our way out.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service from Kat! Highly recommend!
  4. 5

    5urbanpicnicers

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We chose Tempest to celebrate our son's birthday. It was a beautiful restaurant with great selections for every taste. Our table had the risotto, chicken and dumplings, steak, and a fish selection. All were very well prepared and delicious. The steak could have used more salt and maybe a bit more of a sear but the flavor was still very good. The S'more cake was amazing. It was a peanut butter mousse with a chocolate crust and torched marshmallow around the plate. I am a trained pastry chef but don't care to eat desserts usually. However, this was well worth eating. Our server, John, was lovely. Very attentive and kind. We will definitely return to Tempest when we are in town.
  5. JC

    JoshuaC

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect, the only thing I would improve is slightly larger portion sizes
  6. R

    Reggie

    New England

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food and service were excellent. We also enjoyed the venue which is small, cozy and intimate. will definitely go again
  7. AC

    AnnaC

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and staff.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant with an insane setting
  9. MZ

    MariaZ

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    The service was outstanding!!! The food was just okay. Restaurant week is usually when we try some of the culinary gems Charleston has to offer. Last weekend we tried C&U and our server recommended Tempest as it was a sister restaurant to C&U. C&U was fantastic in all ways so we figured why not…. I had the risotto & my wife had the chicken & dumplings we both had the shrimp for our app. The food was underwhelming, portions were small and the presentation lacking. I hesitate to say but probably only drinks and desserts at Tempest in the future.
  10. KM

    KMack

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server Joe was fantastic. Food was outrageously flavorful.
  11. J

    Julia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was incredible and the food was great! They gave out flowers and complimentary cognac!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    The service was wonderful. Both the food and drinks were served in a timely manor and the fresh, hot bread was a nice treat. Unfortunately, both entrees and both sides were really bland. I felt badly asking for salt and pepper, but it was the only thing that gave the food any flavor. The tuna was over cooked and cold and my husband’s whole fish had no flavor other than the sauce poured on top. The after dinner ritual of the rose and the cognac tasting was a nice touch. Sadly, we won’t be back anytime soon.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The service was great
  14. JH

    JohnH

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous choice for Restaurant Week! Everything was excellent except for the noise level. Our server, Reagan was the best! She answered all food questions we had..and was spot on! We will definitely return!
  15. CH

    ChrissyH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat in bar dining area had a beautiful ceiling tiles with sea scene. Have outdoor tables (a few tables)but was too chilly when we went. Food was amazing. We happened to go during restaurant week so I ordered off of that menu and it was all delicious servings were small but plenty to fill you up a little bit pricey but food was worth every penny they even gave us a $25 gift card as a promotion during restaurant week so we will definitely be going back. Upstairs seating also so make a reservation before hand as it got busy during dinner hours.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best food I’ve had!
  17. BB

    BonnieB

    Charleston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best oysters I ever had. Loved the fish mousse. Flounder was....flounder. some More dessert was crazy good.
  18. S

    Sadie

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Tried tempest for the first time during restaurant week. The inside is beautiful, plating presentation is immaculate, had to wait 40 mins with a reservation, but I’d say for the most part it was worth it. I’d love to go back and try the regular menu as well. Overall a 4.5 out of a 5 star experience. Oh and great espresso martini!
  19. CT

    CarlT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is absolutely delicious, quick and well served. But, our server, Reagan made the night for us. Overall, it was a delightful experience. Tempest is our new favorite restaurant.
  20. 1

    1222lka

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best service we’ve had in Charleston, and we’re locals. Ordered a bottle of wine and never once had to pour my own glass of wine. My water was refilled before I even realized I drank half of it. Food was incredible, portion size matches price, but overall it was such an amazing dinner. We left happier than we arrived, honestly we had mediocre expectations. We were blown out of the park
  21. CC

    ChsCulinaryTours

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service, gorgeous interior (look up!), delicious cuisine
  22. TH

    TommyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We snagged (reserved) an outside table at the last minute, walked a few blocks from our hotel, and enjoyed a wonderful seafood experience. Inside it was exceptionally loud, however, there were only two other parties sitting outside with us and it was very private and enjoyable.
  23. WT

    WorldTraveler

    Charleston

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    Good Food, everything else is not Food: Very short list of food items on the menu, but good enough for light meal. Good quality (not the best), good taste (not the best), Ok portions (smaller than most other establishments for the price), price Ok (not cheap) The tempest roasted oysters, very good. The roasted shrimp was Ok, needed some seasoning. The ceviche was terrible …. Tasteless and just not right… I think it was old fish being marinated to kill the staleness. Octopus was really good. The Fish Tonato is mediocre at its best. the whole fish, small but prepared very well.The Coffee Opera Torte looks good, taste bland. (good to look at not to eat) Service: terrible. Our waitress needed training. They put her on the service line without enough orientation, teaching, or even training. This service Ok for casual, low-end restaurant not in what claimed to be fine dining (which after this first experience, to me, it does not qualify as fine dining at all) Ambience/atmosphere: Beyond terrible. We requested a quiet corner away from groups to celebrate our 22nd anniversary, they seated us in the worst spot with the smallest table in this restaurant, and beside a large group very loud table. The place was so small that the sound was amplified. The place so small that the waiters kept hitting my chair every time they passed behind me. I felt like setting on an airplane with a kid behind me keep pushing my back sheet with his/her feet. It was awful experience …. We came to enjoy our anniversary in a quiet environment, but we found ourselves in a touristy area with tourists in their street cloths enjoying their visit to Charleston …. Which there is absolutely nothing wrong with that… I truly support and encourage that, but we did not know that this is the establishment for this restaurant…. Never again at Tempest…. I will stick to my usual, “The Establishment “and “FIG”
  24. DA

    DANICA

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal restaurant! My husband and I were so impressed with all aspects of our dining experience. The ambience of this historic building from the 1800’s with beautifully arched windows and stunning stain glass artwork covering the entire expanse of the ceiling made it very special. The bartender was very knowledgeable about the history of the building as originally a mariner’s bar and made the best whisky sours we have ever had. The food was amazing- the Spanish octopus, seared tuna, butternut squash & dinner rolls baked with nori sea wood are highly recommended. When our meal concluded the bartender served us cognac & presented me with a beautiful red rose. Will be back when the next opportunity arises!
  25. KS

    KatyS

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We spent our New Year here and it was an amazing experience. We did have a little wait for our table as we were waiting for another party to leave but the staff kept us very informed and provided us with drinks while we waited. Everything from start to finish was perfect! We will definitely be back!
  27. s

    stacye

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    New Year’s Eve. Food was great but we waited 30 + minutes to be seated for a 10 o’clock seating and quite honestly when you’re paying that kind of money for a special occasion it’s unacceptable. That being said, the food was great and the server was very nice. The restaurant ended up giving us an extra appetizer of shrimp which was the least they could do.
  28. TB

    TaylorB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The NYE dinner was phenomenal. Their presentation is always incredible along with excellent service. It is our favorite restaurant in Charleston. Happy New Years!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent atmosphere and service. All aspects of the meal were perfectly prepared and served.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food and a spectacular New Years Eve dinner.
  31. E

    Ebabe

    Atlanta

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Fish undercooked. Sent back and didn’t see anyone for 20 minutes. Everyone else finished eating their meals. Then they brought out my dinner which I sent back. Also sat us next to a big table of 9 which got all the attention in spite of the fact that we spent well over $100 per person (party of 4). Stuff happens, but the waiter and manager handled the whole thing horribly. Been there before but will never go back.
  32. CD

    ClaudiaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Soufflé Pancakes were TO DIE FOR! A light & fluffy quality I’ve never before experienced in pancakes. I ordered a side of scrambled eggs for protein. I had to MAKE MYSELF STOP eating the pancakes so I’d have room for my protein. DELICIOUSNESS. And the ambience? Quiet brunch and beautifully decor. I love the restoration of the old church! See you next trip!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time to Tempest, but certainly won’t be our last!! Our flight was delayed twice and we missed our reservation. We called and told them the issue and if we could push the time later in the evening. They told us they would figure out how to get us in. We finally arrived and were seated very quickly. Along with welcome champagne and roasted shrimp for our airline troubles! The food and service that followed was amazing!! Including the flowers and cognac to finish off the night! We visit the Charleston area each year and we will absolutely dine at Tempest again! Six stars for how wonderful we were treated!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    FANTASTIC!!
  35. DH

    DouglasH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent! The service was also outstanding. Although it is a little pricey it is well worth it!
  36. JK

    JessK

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I visited from Tampa, Florida and it was a fantastic dinner experience. We started with appetizers, Tapas and Caesar, and they were delicious. Then my husband ordered the Sheepshead and I ordered the Steak. For sides we paired the Bok Choy and the Fingerling Potatoes. Every thing was exceptional. The flavors fantastic. Portion sizes perfect. My husband ordered an Old Fashioned and I had a mocktail called Drop the Beets, also very good. For dessert we had some vanilla ice cream which came with delicious macaroons along with coffee. Again exceptional. The service was fantastic. Emily our server was super friendly, and helped us with the menu items. She has been one of the best servers in Charleston so far. Price was in range of what we expected for multiple courses and beverages. We are so happy we found this place on open table and will be coming here again the next visit. Def recommend.
  37. AE

    AmyE

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service! We had to wait for our reserved table, but the manager, Andrew, kept us informed and then treated us to appetizers and dessert. Excellent service at the bar. The waitress was delightful and managed our table of 9 efficiently and with good cheer. The food was fabulous and we will make sure to eat here again when in Charleston.
  38. T

    Tupelotraveler

    Atlanta

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Not worth the cost. Service was fair. Food was ok but the roasted oysters were excellent. Probably won’t go back.
  39. S

    Slmdoc

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal on Christmas Eve. Honored reservation time, even tho crowded. Wonderful menu with all food prepared perfectly, noteworthy was the tuna tartar, and entree, sheepshead with very tasty preparation. S’mores Dessert was fantastic. Above all was the service, particularly our server, Deckline (? spelling), who was very attentive, pleasant, and gave wonderful recommendations .
  40. m

    melissaw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience for a special Christmas Eve with family!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Tempest is rated 4.6 stars by 1714 OpenTable diners.

Tempest does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 35 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Tempest

32 N Market St, Suite C, Charleston, SC 29401

Additional information

  • Cross street

    East Bay Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Charleston

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–10:30 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tyler Cook

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (843) 996-4966

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Sales Manager: (833) 605-1749

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